Community Assistant & Wildlife Conservation

4-weeks living alongside the charming Muhaka community and within the stunning Tsavo region, contributing to vital school and conservation projects.

About the Program

Camp Tsavo is nestled amongst the Marungu Hills, adjacent to Rukinga Wildlife Sanctuary. This camp is the epitome of tranquillity and truly embraces the glorious environment it is blessed to be within. Camp Tsavo offers so many great opportunities to be completely immersed in community life, which will leave you with a deep love of Kenya.

Day 1: Karibu Kenya!

You will arrive into either Mombasa or Nairobi (please speak to a member of our team at time of booking) where you will be met by a member of our local team and transferred to our wonderful Camp Tsavo (approx. 3-5 hours). Upon arrival you will receive a warm welcome from our legendary camp staff. The camp manager will run a camp safety briefing and show you around your new African bush home! Our project leader will brief you on your daily activities and your day will finish with a welcome dinner and some chill out time around the camp fire. 

Day 2: Project orientation & school visit 

After a much needed sleep, we will take you to visit the locations where you will be working on projects. You will also visit a local school and learn Swahili phrases with school children. This is a lovely opportunity to spend time with the children and get to know the schools who you will be working with and supporting during your trip. 

Day 3-6: Community projects

Let the project work commence! You will spend the next 4 days helping to improve school infrastructure and facilities. This can include anything from building classrooms to toilets or desk making. You will work in collaboration with local tradesmen and members of the community on all project initiatives. You will also interact with school children and support teachers in improving English within schools. 

Day 7: R&R Day - Voi Town 

Today is a chance to relax after some hard work on projects. We will take you to a lovely nearby lodge and restaurant within the local town of Voi. Here you will enjoy a delicious Swahili lunch before an afternoon relaxing by the pool. On the way back to camp we will stop at a Maasai village. This a wonderful opportunity to experience and feel the true heart of African Culture. 

Day 8-12: Community projects

Back to projects! You will continue your work at the local schools. 

Day 13: Cultural exchange

Today you have a unique glimpse into the day to day lives of rural African communities whilst you work alongside local families. You will learn about and assist with crop production and animal husbandry. One example of this is goat de-worming which is amazing fun believe it or not! You will also have the privilege of meeting a truly inspiring women’s group who are supporting themselves through a number of micro finance initiatives.

Day 14: R&R Day - Voi Town 

Another day off and a chance to relax. 

Day 15-19: Community project work 

Back to projects and you will continue your work at local schools.

Day 20: Marungu Hills day

Get ready for a full day of adventure! In the morning we will head off on a trek to the beautiful Marungu hills. In the afternoon we will enjoy a picnic lunch in ancient caves whilst taking in the impressive panoramic views of Rukinga ranch. You will also have the chance to do your best Bear Grylls impression and  practice bush survival skills which will involve making fire, shelter and bush man bow and arrow shooting.

Day 21: R&R Day - Voi Town 

Another chance to relax before we get back to projects! 

Day 22-27: Wildlife conservation and environmental project work 

The next 6 days will be spent learning about some of the key conservation issues that are prevalent in this area. You will contribute to a number of initiatives designed to counteract the human/wildlife conflict issues. This could involve making humane elephant deterrents to safely keep elephants away from community crops, or the making of elephant dung paper which is a popular initiative designed to provide neighbouring communities with a source of income. You will also participate in education & environmental awareness workshops for local school children. 

Day 28: Tsavo East Safari

There are very few experiences that rival a journey through the wilderness, watching animals in their natural habitat. Today you will spend the day in Tsavo East, one of the oldest and biggest national parks in Kenya. 

Day 29: Environmental project work 

Today is your final project day and you will work with a local community, assisting with the planting of indigenous trees. This is a vital project designed to combat deforestation and the impact of carbon emissions. In the evening you have a chance to hang out and play sports with the local children who you have met during your stay at Camp Tsavo. Goodbyes are never an easy part of this experience unfortunately! 

Day 30: Departure Day

Your Camp Tsavo experience ends today! We will say our goodbyes before we transfer you back to the airport (Mombasa or Nairobi) a few hours before your scheduled flight. 


Suitable for

Couples
Singles
Groups

Typical day

Usual working days are Monday - Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM and will include the following activities.

  • Improving infrastructure
  • Improving facilities
  • Contribute to the numerous human / wildlife interaction issues
  • Providing educational and environmental awareness
  • Planting of indigenous trees

    Program Requirements

    Minimum Age
    18 years
    Language Skills
    You need to speak English (basic level)
    Health Declaration
    required
    Criminal Background Check
    required
    Required Documents
    Application Form
    Time Commitment
    Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 16:00

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    Free-time activities

    There a number of excursions or adventure options that can easily be added onto your volunteer experience.

    Water Sports
    Diving/Snorkling
    Climbing
    Safari/Zoo
    Hiking
    Sports

    Services

    What's included?
    Food - Drinking water - Accommodation - In-country transfers - All project costs and materials - Game Drive - Pre travel support from dedicated UK team - Orientation and language lessons - 24 hour emergency support

    What's NOT included?
    Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

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    Airport Pickup

    All of your in-country transfers are scheduled by us, including your airport pick up. We employ our own drivers and they will be there to greet you at the airport, holding a Camps International board so you can't miss them!

    Accommodation

    Our permanent and fully staffed camps are co-located with the communities with whom we work. Accommodation ranges from traditional thatched buildings to tents. Clean toilets and private washing facilities (not all camps have hot water, but it is refreshing!) All of our camps are designed to feel like your second home and there's nothing like chilling out at the end of the day around the camp fire, under the stars.



    Camping
    Food & Beverages

    Our locally employed kitchen teams will provide you with three delicious meals a day. There's unlimited fresh drinking water and a real mix of local cuisine with some western classics to fill you up after a day of project work.

    Our kitchens always act as the heart of any camp and our staff work extremely hard to consistently create a great standard of food for most dietary requirements.

    Internet Access
    Sorry, no access at the project site
    Costs
    2 weeks (min. stay)
    $1450
    3 weeks
    $2005
    4 weeks (max. stay)
    $2560

    You can volunteer at the project site in Diani & Tsavo /Kenya between 2 weeks and 4 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Camps International will tell you your final price during your application process.
    Average Fees
    $683/week
    Deposit (15%)
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    Final Payment (85%)
    Your final payment will be agreed with Camps International during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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